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“Garibaldi Guards”

The monument to the 39th New York Volunteer Infantry is south of Gettysburg on Hancock Avenue in Ziegler’s Grove. (39.814179° N, 77.23525° W; Google map; Tour maps: Hancock Avenue at Ziegler’s Grove or Hancock Avenue at The Angle) 

A marker north of United States Avenue shows the position where the regiment fought on July 2.

Monument to the 39th New York Infantry at Gettysburg

About the monument to the 39th New York

The monument is a shaft of rough-hewn Quincy granite that stands twenty feet high. The lower level has raised inscriptions on all four sides. A circular broze Seal of the State of New York is set into the front, and on the front of the cap is a raised trefoil symbol of the Second Corps. The monument was dedicated on July 1st, 1888 by the State of New York.

The 39th New York at Gettysburg

The 39th New York was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Major Hugo Hillebrandt, who was wounded on July 3rd. It brought 332 men to the field, having been consolidated to a battalion of four companies (A-D) in May of 1863.

2nd Corps Headquarters Flag 2C-3D

From the front of the monument:

New York

(Garibaldi Guards)
3rd Brig. 3d Div.
2d Corps.

From the left side of the monument:

This Regiment at about 7 o’clock P.M. July 2d 1863 being ordered to support General Sickles’ line charged and drove the enemy recapturing the Guns and equipment of Battery I.
5th U.S. Artillery
. A stone tablet marks the place where this incident occurred.

From the right side of the monument:

This regiment (composed of  4 companies) held this position July 2d and 3d 1863.

From the rear of the monument:

Killed 15
Wounded 80
Total 95.

Position Marker on United States Avenue near the Trostle Farm

Marker showing the position of the 39th New York on July 2 at Gettysburg

Marker showing the position of the 39th New York on July 2

From the marker on United States Avenue:

On this spot July 2d 1863,
the 39th N.Y. Infantry
re-captured the guns
and equipment of
Battery I,
5th U.S. Artillery

Flank marker

Left flank marker for the 39th New York at Gettysburg

Left flank marker for the 39th New York

See more on the 39th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War

Recommended reading:

Lincoln’s Foreign Legion:
The 39th New York Infantry, the Garibaldi Guard

by Michael Bacarella

“The 39th was one of the most unusual regiments in federal service during the American Civil War, and Mr. Bacarella has done the men & woman of the regiment justice!

– Amazon.com review